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Linebacker M.J. Salahuddin needs knee surgery, may be out for the season

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Fall camp had been moving along pretty quietly, but all good things eventually catch the attention of NC State Shit. Dave Doeren announced Sunday that linebacker M.J. Salahuddin--one of State's few veterans at that position--suffered a knee injury that will require surgery and keep him out for "a while."

Doeren wasn't ready to call it a season-ending injury, though I'd imagine there's a strong possibility that it will be. The good news for Salahuddin is that he has a redshirt available to him if he needs it.

This is a painful shot to NC State's defense, no doubt about that. Salahuddin would certainly have factored into the two-deep, and based on practices to this point, it sounded like he had a decent shot at winning a starting spot. The linebacker position is frighteningly light on proven talent even with him in the mix; now that he's no longer an option, State's going to be stretched that much thinner.

We might just have to move the keg to LB this year. It's been doing solid work in the trenches these last three seasons, but the needs there have become less dire.